In today’s article we’re are going to take a look at constipation remedies. If you have happened upon this article, then I can only imagine that you are one of the many who suffer this intolerable affliction that affects us all from time to time.
Rather than talk about specific exercises or prescriptions that may be available from the doctor, I’m going to cover things that you personally can take charge of from within your own home to help overcome constipation.
We’ll cover such things as natural supplements, dietary changes and habits you can break to aid you in a quick and speedy recovery, without further ado.
Fat! Yes normally fat is a bad word, but in this particular instance it’s all good. Ensuring you have a regular intake of beneficial fats such as omega 6 and omega 3 fats are not only beneficial for those who suffer from constipation, but also play many other vital roles in the body such as help with arthritis, brain function, heart disease and many other numerous benefit’s too numerous to mention.
Foodstuff such as fish oils, flaxseed oils, and ground flaxseed are a very beneficial source of omega 3 fats, these fats help coat the intestinal tract and allow for an easier and gentler bowel passing when going to the toilet.
These supplemental oils can be added to drinks or taken as tablets, if you are to consider taking flaxseeds, ensure you keep a high intake of water, not only is drinking water in its self a natural relief for constipation, but inadequate water intake whilst taking flaxseed can actually cause constipation, ironic huh!
Leafy Greens, vegetable’s and fresh fruits
Insuring you keep to at least your five a day in regards to fruits and vegetables, particularly leafy greens can also aid in natural constipation remedies. This particular advice should already be a part of your everyday lifestyle anyway, but particularly if you tend to suffer from constipation on a regular basis. This tip alone can start to ensure regular bowel movements daily, and be honest with yourself; do you really get your required daily intake of fruit and veg? If you are to start increasing your fruit and veg please ensure you also apply this to your water intake too, this is due to fibers ability to soak water up.
Flour, white flour in particular may also be a culprit in the constipation you have been suffering from. This is due to the milling process; the good part of the wheat, bran in this case is lost. The solution here is simple, try and ensure when you do eat bread from now on, it’s the brown or whole grain kind, the high fiber and benefits of the bran in your diet will far outweigh your taste of bagels and baguettes. Your colon will thank you for it too.
There are a whole host of foods that avoiding will help you avoid being constipated; the above pointers if adhered too, should certainly see you start to have a gradual relief in everyday constipation.
Beneficial foods for constipation remedies
- Rhubarb due to the high fiber and water contained is fantastic in improving regular bowel movements. If you’re one of the many who have an aversion the taste of rhubarb, you’re in luck, as rhubarb is also available in tablet form most supermarkets in the form of Chinese rhubarb.
- Another simple yet effective remedy is pour some luke warm water into a glass, then add roughly a quarter teaspoon of salt, to this cut a whole lime in half, then squeeze one half of the lime in to the luke warm water. This remedy can usually help with relief within the hour. This remedy should be used sparsely due to the effects of pro-longed effects of to much salt and kidney damage.
- Pears have also been seen to be beneficial in the the treatment of constipation, and have long been used as a home constipation remedy. By simply making an effort to drink pear juice on a daily basis for the forth coming week, you should start to see some improvement and normal bowel movement, a half liter a day should do the trick.
- This next next constipation remedy is also going to be a treat for you. Popcorn! You read that correctly, popcorn is a great source of fiber and as a consequence is of great value to people who suffer constipation. You can buy healthy popcorn, but I personally would rather just buy the corns and make it myself. Cue my popcorn recipe.
Hit the supermarket and you can search for corn that’s specifically used in popcorn. Add the kernels to a heated medium sized pot with either peanut oil or plain vegetable oil. Wait till the oil starts to sizzle then add three or four kernels. Put the lid on and as soon as these pop, take corn of the heat and add enough to cover the bottom of the pot.
Swirl the kernels around and add a small amount of butter and sugar, and leave to settle for 30 seconds to allow the kernels to heat uniformly. Put the kernels back on and allow to heat and wait for them to start popping, hope you remembered to put the lid back on!
Shake the pot above the heat until you hear no more popping and then simply add to a bowl. This one of the rare occasions that helping yourself and your diet actually tastes good.
Ensuring you live a healthy lifestyle
As above, most of the common complaints relating to people who suffer from constipation, can be remedied by just living a more active and healthy lifestyle. If you can see you aren’t getting enough fiber in your diet and you’ve been starting to suffer from small bouts of constipation, the answer is literally shouting out at you. Exercising and getting your five a day in terms of fruit and veg with added fiber will go along way to ensuring that constipation and other related symptoms become a thing of the past.
Sure this might not work for everyone, and if you have followed the above and are still suffering, then that’s when it’s time to go see the doctor, never let problems like these build if you are still suffering when leading a healthy and active lifestyle. There is more than likely an underlying problem, and that’s when you need to take the guess work out and let a qualified medical practitioner help. With that I bid you farewell, till the next time!